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My GFcant have gluten so we brewed a Gluten free beer last week.  We had so much fun we decided to go full bore.  We are going to build a brew stand today and build the mash tun etc.   Pictures to follow.

so are you going to malt your own GF grains? or did you find a source for malted gf grains? if you found a source I would be very interested to hear about it!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:04:52 PM »
I enjoyed the 6 pack I got a while back but now I am grumpy. The coop where I shop said they will not be getting the 2012 bigfoot till Ruthless is gone. I want my bigfoot!

Shop elsewhere.  "Dollar votes" count.

oh no worries about that. If I see it elsewhere I will grab it. called bevmo and they didn't have it in the system yet either. gonna swing by the nugget and check there as well. It'll get there eventually anyway. worst case scenario I call my friend in Chico and they grab some for me.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cali Common
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:02:14 PM »
Just had to look up Northern Brewer Hops.  Those were developed in England in 1934, but no idea when those were introduced to the USA.  So the beers brewed pre-prohibition or in the Gold Rush days used different hops.

The chapter on Cal Common in Designing Great Beers is (like the rest of the book) great reading. Daniels says there is little to go on, but that historically, the hops were U.S.-grown, and "probably California-grown Cluster hops." In the NHC second-round beers he analyzed, Cascade was the most popular hop, followed by Northern Brewer.

Cluster was about 75-80 of the US hop crop until the early 70's.

California used to grow a fair amount of hops.  There were hop fields in the SF and Sacramento areas until the land became more valuable for real estate.  The North Bay area also grew hops, untul the land became more valuable for grapes.  The hop kilns from one farm are still standing and are the visitors area for the Hop Kiln winery.

if you cruise around the back roads here in the sacremento/north bay area you see alot of 'hop kiln' roads and the like. It's like back east and in the midwest where there are tons of 'hemp' names. you can tell alot about historical agricultural practices by looking at old street and town names.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts that don't fit
« on: February 11, 2012, 02:55:14 PM »
Sometimes the poppet legs need to be carefully adjusted to allow it to seat where it needs to. 
Otherwise, it can fall out of alignment when you try to tighten the QD.

perhaps this is the case. I will check that out when the keg kicks. the poppet does appear to be sitting ever so clightly above the grade of the post.

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:35:10 AM »
okay watched the video, awesome fred. hurray, you may be a new hero.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cali Common
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:28:57 AM »
Didn't Mark Twain say "the coldest Winter he ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco"? My understanding is that the Bay area is quite chilly all the time. To me the climate makes the beer possible as convention/history allows.

And I think Anchor Steam tastes pretty awesome, but wouldn't hesitate to use other hops. I can see a bit of perle in this style if you like earthy woodsy flavors.

I think anchor is a really good beer. I just get grumpy about the hop thing and the trademark thing. business is business but...

Yeah the bay area is weird. I lived in oakland not SF but it is true SF can get chilly even in the middle of summer. which is a shocker when you take BART under the bay wearing shorts and a tee and come out in the mission where it's 50*.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts that don't fit
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:24:21 AM »
Check out this earlier thread.  You probably switched the posts by accident.


nope, as I said I double checked that. The gas QD doesn't fit on the beer out post any better than the beer qd does. also no gash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:45:43 PM »
[...] an act of extreme douchery- [...]

Yes, as a librarian (not a lawyer) that is what I was thinking. on both counts -- the unchivalrous behavior, and the " more he copies" comment.

I love librarians notice "extreme douchery" == "unchivalrous behavior"  ;D ;D ;D

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:05:05 PM »
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Butt eyes up hose
Hats apart off fusing
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how herds chews too gat her

let hers inn us pacific hoarder,
Witch his beater. En dime,
air head squid gills a porter
whose know shaving thyme

Whiff hit snot hunter limed inn read
They’re snow since inn re reed ding
Too Czechs peeling four miss leading
Thinks eye mite half’s ed.

Okay I got as far as some times I make typos
but I suppose that's part of using computers.

after that I lose it. can't look at it and not read the words that are there.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts that don't fit
« on: February 10, 2012, 04:16:43 PM »
I did get a 'free' set of o-rings with the keg so I could try to replace them.

On the gas in v beer out, yeah I am sure. I did try hooking the gas in to the beer out post to see if they had put a gas post on the beer out side but it was even tighter so I don't think that was it. didn't have to break the fitting to get it off though. I sometimes hook the gas to the beer out side to speed up carbing a little bit. it does not come off easily but it does eventually. a little lube helps there as well. It didn't end up helping so much that I still bother though.

When I get home tonight I will try a little lube and see if that helps at all.

it does seem like the post is just a little to tall.

I am hoping I can get it to work for this keg of beer and then I will pull it all apart and see what is going on in there. I would transfer to another keg now and do it but if it's broke I would not have a spare and my MIL is coming soon and expects her wit beer which is destined for the other keg, the one I know works just fine.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: February 10, 2012, 02:20:32 PM »
I enjoyed the 6 pack I got a while back but now I am grumpy. The coop where I shop said they will not be getting the 2012 bigfoot till Ruthless is gone. I want my bigfoot!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Native American alcoholic beverages
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:58:12 PM »
Why would it have to be organic?  Any regular corn would work fine too.

because modern agricultural chemicals are destroying our health and environment?

Is that baiting? sorry GMAC I know you're an ag chem guy and just couldn't help myself. ;D

I think maybe Tom meant that if he is going to use seed corn it should be organic as non-organic seed is treated.

Kegging and Bottling / Keg posts that don't fit
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:55:50 PM »
Hey all,

I just recently got a new keg and finally got around to filling it with beer last night. as I was sanitizing it I noticed that the beer out QD did not want to go on, it fits over the post and opens the port as it is supposed to but doesn't lock down. It's a ball lock post and a ball lock QD but it's like the post is just a little too long to fit the QD. I finally managed to get it to latch by pushing down on the QD hard and then pushing the flange on the flange on the QD down with the other hand till it clicked but it's super tight.

Could this be caused by some kind of blockage in the post inself? or are there different models of ball lock posts?

The beer is in it now and I can get the cobra tap to attach so I am okay for now but after this keg kicks I want to figure out how to make it work right.

The Pub / Re: bacon cupcakes
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:44:57 PM »
they were not runny when I made them at 400 for 15 minutes.  The yolks had the consistency of a hard boiled egg.  I would prefer a runnier yolk as well, but imagine it would make it harder to get it out of the pan in one piece.  Post back the results of any experiments please. 

you could use the paper cupcake cups. then you can just peel the paper away to eat.

Equipment and Software / Re: Jockey box for fermentor cooling?
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:24:48 PM »
I think alot of pro brewers have something like that. a ss coil in the fermenter that they pump cooled glycol through to maintain ferm temp.

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